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Welcome to 2018 team USA draft procedure

Results for USA Nationals here:

USA nationals 2018 results

 Greetings Kettlebell Nation!

The 2018 Team USA draft started today! Please expect email with an official invitation and details from us this week. We are excited by the quality of the lifters who will be representing the USA this year.

And PLEASE disregard all other posts except official AKA announcements. Draft process started today and no one has yet been formally selected to be on the team at the time of this post.

Lift Strong! 

How Team USA is chosen:

 Professional Lifts:


24kg Women’s snatch, OALC, Long-Cycle

32kg Men’s Biathlon and Long-Cycle

The first-place winner in each weight class of a lift category at the USA National Championship is invited to join Team USA. If that person declines, the second place winner become eligible, and the third place winner, etc. If no currently qualifying competitors can fill the spot on Team USA,  American Kettlebell Alliance will consider a former Team USA member. Lastly, American Kettlebell Alliance may extend an invitation to a lifter of reputation to fill the open spot.

All former Team USA members must re-qualify for their team spots.


Amateur/Veteran Lifts:


16kg Women’s snatch, One Arm Long cycle, 2arm Long-Cycle

24kg Men’s Biathlon and Long-Cycle

16kg/12kg/8kg Women’s Veteran snatch, 35+

24kg/16kg/12kg Men’s Veteran Biathlon Long-Cycle, 40+

The first, second and 3rd place winners in each weight class of an Amateur lift category at the USA National Championship are invited to join Team USA.  Careful consideration will be given to extending an invitation to Professional class lifters who have never competed internationally and who did not earn a spot on the Professional roster.  (Professional lifters who have competed internationally must be aware of the consequences. Professional lifters who drop to Amateur class may not return to Professional class lifting in IUKL competition, per regulations.  This has no effect on Veteran class lifting.) If no currently qualifying competitors can fill the spot on Team USA,  AKA will consider a former Team USA member.  Last, AKA may extend an invitation to a lifter of reputation to fill the open spot.

The first place winner in each 5-year incremental age category and weight class of a veteran lift category at USA Nationals is invited to join Team USA.

All former Team USA members must re-qualify for their team spots.


General:


To fill out Team USA with the most talented and dedicated lifters, AKA may ask Amateur/Veteran athletes for their consideration in changing weight classes.  No lifter is forced to change weight class, however.

Athletes must compete at the USA National Championship with the competition weight bell in order to be considered for a spot on Team USA.  For example, a male athlete competing with a 28kg bell does not earn a spot on the Amateur team ahead of those competing with the 24kg bell.  This lifter will be considered as a lifter of reputation, and will receive an invitation after former Team USA members are considered.

By special consideration (and with sufficient documented reason,) AKA may consider the qualifying performance of an athlete from an AKA Regional Event for a spot on Team USA.  These considerations are exceptions only. Athletes who do not compete at the USA National Championship, should not expect a spot on Team USA. 

2018 Team USA Qualification Process

The primary qualifying event for becoming a Team USA athlete representing the USA at the IUKL World Championships is to compete at the AKA Nationals which will be held in 2018 on May 5-6, 2018 at Wilton Sport and Fitness in Danbury Connecticut. This year along with the AKA/IUKL qualification you will also be able to qualify for both the IKMF Kettlebell World Championships, Spain* and the WKSF Kettlebell World Championships, Italy**. The qualifying process will be the same for all three championships.

For athletes lifting in the professional class, 32kg for men, 24 kg for women, the top lifter in each weight category will qualify. For amateurs the top three lifters in each weight class will qualify see the notes below for specifics regarding the non-IUKL competitions.

Please note that if you are unable to attend the USA Nationals in May due to a legitimate conflict you may request a waiver to lift at a at SANCTIONED American Kettlebell Alliance competition. Request the exemption by sending an email to Yuri Petunvos (yp@aka-sport.org). All request will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the AKA qualifying committee.

*IKMF World Championships prerequisite for attending Is the 3 Stages. The Ultimate Girevik Cup and USA Nationals May be used for stage 2, NOTE: only one athlete per division/weight class is allowed. For complete details click this hyperlink https://kettlebellmarathon.wordpress.com/

**Those wanting information on WKSF please NOTE: Only TWO (2) Elite (professional class) athlete per elite division/weight class. Unlimited amateur and veteran athletes per weight class are allowed to register for the WKSF competition. For further details please contact Judi DeMuro who is the WKSF “continental contact.” If you are qualifying for the marathon championship a minimum title of CMS is required to participate in the elite category at their event..

IUKL Worlds Age groups, weight category and disciplines

Professionals: Men & Male Junior

Kettlebell weight: 32 kg;

Weight categories: up to 63 kg; up to 68 kg.; up to 73 kg; up to 78 kg; 

up to 85 kg; up to 95 kg; +95 kg

  

Professionals: Women & Female Junior

Kettlebell weight: 24 kg

Weight categories: up to 58 kg; up to 63 kg; up to 68 kg; +68 kg

Amateurs: Men

Kettlebell weight: 24 kg

Weight categories: up to 63 kg; up to 68 kg.; up to 73 kg; up to 78 kg.;

up to 85 kg; up to 95 kg; +95 kg 

Amateurs: Women

kettlebell weight 16 kg

Weight categories: up to 58 kg; up to 63 kg; up to 68 kg; +68 kg

Veterans Men 40 years old and older with an interval of five years.

Age group: 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75+

Weight categories and kettlebell weight:

40-44 /w.c.: up to 73 kg; to 85 kg; +85 kg - k.w. 24kg 

45-49 / w.c.: up to 73 kg; to 85 kg; +85 kg -k.w. 24kg 

50-54 / w.c.: up to 73 kg; to 85 kg; +85 kg - k.w. 24kg 

55-59 / w.c.: up to 73 kg; to 85 kg; +85 kg - k.w. 24kg

60-64 /w.c.: up to 85 kg; +85 kg - k.w. 16kg

65-69 / w.c.: up to 85 kg; +85 kg - k.w. 16kg

70-74 /w.c.: up to 85 kg; +85 kg - k.w. 12kg

75+ / w.c.: one common weight category - k.w. 12kg

Veterans Women- 35 years old and older with an interval of five years.

  

Age group: 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75+

Weight categories and kettlebell weight:

35-39 /w.c.: up to 63 kg, up to 68kg, +68kg - k.w. 16kg

40-44 /w.c.: up to 63 kg, up to 68kg, +68kg - k.w. 16kg

45-49 / w.c.: up to 68kg, +68kg - k.w. 16kg

50-54 / w.c.: up to 68kg, +68kg - k.w. 12kg

55-59 / w.c.: up to 68kg, +68kg - k.w. 12kg

60-64 / w.c.: one common weight category - k.w. 8kg

65+ / w.c.: one common weight category - k.w. 8kg

Competitions are held in the following disciplines and exercises: Boys, junior male athletes and adult male athletes (professionals and amateurs) – biathlon (jerk and snatch), long cycle, team relays; Girls, junior female athletes and adult female athletes (professionals) – snatch, long cycle. Female athletes (amateurs) – snatch, one-arm jerk, jerk, one-arm long cycle, long cycle; Team relays – jerk, long cycle.

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Team USA 2018 Draft

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Team USA Results from IUKL World Championship 2017 at Seoul, South Korea.

Veterans Rank 2nd and Adults Rank 8th in the World Overall Team USA Wins 26 Medals

  

Team USA Veterans took one of the top places (2nd place) at the International Union of Kettlebell Lifters (IUKL) World Kettlebell Championships 2017 held November 15-18 at Olympic Park in Seoul Korea. Overall, Team USA members, Lynn Bonnemere, Laura Brown, Camargo, Jennifer Casey, Irvin Charleston, Dana Curcio, Sarah Fornero, Kimberly Fox, Tim Fullmer, Vyacheslav Gurevich, William Hass, Barbara Hutchinson, Andrey Kleyner, Marlena Klimkiewicz, Nick Kotwica, Svitlana Krechyk, Richard Morton, Valerie Pawlowski, Douglas Seamans, Mike Sherman, David Steele, Jon Vitolo, Dale Wall, Jamie Wolcott, Joann Worden, Tina Yerkes, placed 8th of the 33 countries competing. 

Along with the “classic” competition lifts, this year’s World Competition also featured the “trial” woman’s two arm long cycle. Countries represented in the Women’s Two-Arm Long Cycle competition were from Canada, England, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, and USA. Our own Kimberly Fox won first place lifting two 24kg’s with 64 reps and Sarah Fornero took 3rd doing 89 reps lifting 16’s. Overall There were 453 competitors from around the world registered for the event that was held in the historic handball arena. The breakdown of medalists are as follows:

1st Place

  

Jamie Wolcott Veterans 12 kg long cycle

Mike Sherman Veterans Biathlon.

Joanne Worden 16kg one arm long cycle

Dana Curcio 16kg Snatch

Sarah Fornero 16 kg Two-Arm Long Cycle

Tina Yerkes Veterans Snatch

Kimberly Fox 24 kg Two-Arm Long Cycle

Valerie Pawlowski Veterans 12 kg Snatch

Valerie Pawlowski Veterans 12 kg Long Cycle

2nd Place

  

Doug Seamans Long Cycle 24kg

Ivone Maia Veterans Snatch

Slava Gurevich  Veterans Long Cycle 24kg

Svetlana Krechyk Long Cycle one arm 24kg

Jamie Wolcott Veteran division 50-54 68kg+

Lynn Bonnemere Veterans Snatch 8kg

Irvin Charleston Silver Veterans Long Cycle

Dale Wall Veterans Long Cycle

Valerie Pawlowski Professional Snatch

Tina Yerkes Veteran Long Cycle

3rd Place

  

Bridget Barto One Arm Long Cycle

Barbara Hutchinson One Arm Long Cycle

Irvin Charleston Biathlon

Irvin Charleston Veterans Biathlon

Tm Fuller Veterans Biathlon

Tina Yerkes Snatch

Valerie Pawlowski 24kg Professional Long Cycle

Sarah Fornero Two-Arm Long Cycle

  

Congratulations to our entire team who not only trained vigorously for the competition but also spent the time and money to travel to Seoul using their own expense to compete. We tend to focus our talk on the medals won and ranks achieved, but being a part of Team USA is much more than ranks and medals. Our participation is in something greater, being a member of Team USA brings one into the greater worldwide kettlebell sport community. What we see at our local and regional meets is suddenly played out in an international community. Being at an international competition one suddenly realizes the truth in the adage about sport bringing humanity together. It matters not our country of origin what matters is that we are united in or passion or kettlebell sport in a world. If you are interested in joining our team we’d love to have you. The Team USA qualifier will be held during USA Nationals May 5-6 2018 in Wilton Connecticut and the World Championship in 2018 will be held October 5-7, 2018 in Daugavpils, Latvia. Care to join us?


  

Lastly, we’d like to thank Kettlebell Kings and GS Planet for their continued support of Team USA and the growth of kettlebell sport in the USA.

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